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U.S. Forest Service

As part of its responsible business plan, Citizen Verizon, Verizon partnered with the National Forest Foundation to thank individuals who have dedicated their professional careers to protecting America’s National Forests—the U.S. Forest Service personnel.

As the effects of climate change exacerbate wildfires and the impacts of COVID-19 spur an unprecedented increase in visitations, Forest Service staff continue to selflessly work and often put their lives in danger to ensure these public lands thrive now and for many generations to come.

In addition to sharing messages of support, encouragement, and thanks from Verizon’s employees, Verizon’s generous grant will plant 100,000 trees on National Forest lands. These native trees will help provide fresh air, clean water, and remove carbon from the environment.

As part of its responsible business plan, Citizen Verizon, Verizon partnered with the National Forest Foundation to thank individuals who have dedicated their professional careers to protecting America’s National Forests—the U.S. Forest Service personnel.

As the effects of climate change exacerbate wildfires and the impacts of COVID-19 spur an unprecedented increase in visitations, Forest Service staff continue to selflessly work and often put their lives in danger to ensure these public lands thrive now and for many generations to come.

In addition to sharing messages of support, encouragement, and thanks from Verizon’s employees, Verizon’s generous grant will plant 100,000 trees on National Forest lands. These native trees will help provide fresh air, clean water, and remove carbon from the environment.

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We invite you to share these messages of thanks from Verizon employees with your fellow wildland firefighters or any associations, clubs, groups, or teams who you believe would appreciate seeing them.

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I wanted to thank you and express my gratitude for all that you do to combat fires in forests. We understand and appreciate the amount of risk that it might put you to but trust that you use your expertise and training to keep yourself safe while venturing on these noble endeavors to combat forest fires.

Khurram Abbas, Novi, Michigan
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Thank you very much for your service. I have a friend from childhood that is also a firefighter; although, he is a firefighter in the city. I understand that your job is very intense, but I am sure every call out is a blessing to many others. Putting your life on the line for others is very respectful. Thank you from your friends at Verizon!

Jared Boyd, Searcy, Arkansas
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Thank you to all of the forestry workers in the state of New York for all of your hard work managing our natural resources. Our wilderness areas are vast and beautiful and you deserve the credit. Please keep up the good work so these resources can be enjoyed by future generations. Thank you!

Gregory Hanley, Canastota, New York
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Thanks for all you do to keep our wilderness wild and protected. It is a precious thing that dwindles every day. I hope you find you work rewarding - it is critical for us today and our children.

I hope you find some serenity and joy in your day and beautiful surroundings.

Kevin Trayner, Hamilton, New Jersey
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Praying for your safety while you risk your lives for us, wildlife, and planet earth

Naveen Chandra Polimati, India
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Thank you for everything you do! Know that we do see and appreciate you! Thank you for risking your life and health to protect our homes, and our nation's greatest treasures for generations to come. Your work is Civil Service in its purest form. Thank you for making our nation a better place!

Anonymous, Texas
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Thanks for all your contributions in the year that was

Naveen Chandra Polimati, India
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Thank you all for your service and sacrifice to protect our environment. After having a baby, I’ve been reminded now more than ever how important it is to preserve our natural environments for future generations. Thank you so much for selflessly facing extreme challenges every day, to make the world safer for all of our families.

Anonymous, Long Island City, New York
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Today, longleaf pine habitat exists on less than 5 percent of its historic range in the U.S. South. Planting longleaf pine on National Forests supports the expansion of this critical native species.

Thanks for risking your lives to save others and planet earth

Naveen Chandra Polimati, India
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Thanks for containing fires from spreading and saving lives

Naveen Chandra Polimati, India
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Thanks for saving lives in wild fires

Naveen Chandra Polimati, India
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I look forward to exploring new parks and forests! Thank you for making that possible for me and for future generations. The work you do is powerful, and has such an impact. I appreciate you, and your team. It gives me hope to know you're out there, working hard for all of us and our future.

Kate Koch, Woodside, New York
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Thank you for the sacrifices you make every day and every time you put your life on the line to protect others and our environment. You are answering a call in more ways than just the obvious. Firefighting is so much more than a job. You are part of an elite and special group. Thank you for answering the call and being there for us.

Tammy Cyr, 08876, New Jersey
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Exploration. Curious minds. Wonders. These are the things that you preserve with every day in your work. Thank you for fighting the fires and taking your time to protect our families, our homes, and our parks. It is great that there are still heroes in the world for us to look up to! Thank you.

Maria Warnagiris, Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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THANK YOU for saving our beautiful trees! I love trees because they are sturdy, strong, beautiful, they have strong roots..it gives me strength just standing next to them.

Roubina Tutunjian, New York, New York
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No amount of thanks are enough for what you do! You are insuring the future of the planet while saving lives and land along the way. I pray that this world will take climate change more seriously so that these forest fires become less of threat. Stay safe and blessed!

Renee Willoughby, Hamburg, New Jersey
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Thank you and we support the fantastic frontlines protecting our 193 million acres of National Forests! We are truly grateful for your help!

Anonymous, New York
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I feel a great regard for trees; they represent age and beauty and the miracles of life and growth.

Ravi Ch, Hyderabad, India
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My family and I love spending time outdoors in our national parks - thank you so much for dedicating your time to protecting our forests, we very much appreciate it!

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Richard Dalton, North Haledon, New Jersey
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Thank you for your hard work and dedication to creating the kind of future I hope we all have - filled with natural beauty. The work you do is important, and has an incredible lasting impact. It gives me great hope to know there are teams like yours out there protecting our parks and forests. I appreciate you and am so grateful to you.

Kate Koch, Woodside, New York
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National Forests provide habitat for more than 3,000 animals, including more than 400 federally listed threatened and endangered species.

Thanks for your efforts in preserving our wild life

Naveen Chandra Polimati, India
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Dear US Forest Service Rockstar, You are doing it - providing vital care and support of our wilderness, while giving our wildlife better chances to enrich the lives of the next generation. We appreciate everything your service and dedication. Thank you so much!

Megan Scott, New York, New York
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My daughters and I love to explore the parks across the nation and prefer to drive in order to see all the wonders out there. Without your beautiful work, there would be much less to see! Thank you for being someone that kids can look up to and admire for the work! I appreciate you and all the work that you do!

Maria Warnagiris, Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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Dear Firefighter, It’s with great sense of gratitude and humbleness to say thank you for your service. Thank you for saving the trees, the animals, people, all the wildlife, and our whole world. Because you show up, it makes this world better. It has impacts far and wide in ways you may not directly see. fYou are much appreciated! Ben

Benjamin Georgia, Washington Township, New Jersey
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When we plant a tree, we are doing what we can to make our planet a more wholesome and happier dwelling-place for those who come after us if not for ourselves.

Ravi Ch, Hyderabad, India
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